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So, it turns out, the universe giveth with one hand, and taketh with the other. While this year’s San Diego Comic Con was one of the most exciting and satisfying for me on a professional basis, I was also downed early on with one of the most virulent cases of the ConCrud, a.k.a. Nerd Flu, […]

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The Mask Makes You Strong

Well, that was a pleasant surprise. Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, a film with the admittedly rotten luck of being shoeboxed between the two most anticipated superhero movies pretty much ever, turns out to be not at all what I expected. Which is to say, it’s actually pretty damned good. The notion of starting the […]

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Comic-Con Is When?!?

It’s not just me, right? Did the San Diego Comic-Con sneak up on everyone else this year, too? With the biggest pop-culture event of the year barely a week away, it’s time to indulge in our annual tradition of looking through the SDCC program schedule and seeing what highlights you shouldn’t miss, which ones you […]

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Truth or Justice

It may not have been his intention, but Larry Tye’s new “biography” of Superman, SUPERMAN: THE HIGH-FLYING HISTORY OF AMERICA’S MOST ENDURING HERO, raises more questions than it answers. Intended as an exploration of the cultural impact of Siegel and Shuster’s landmark creation while at the same covering its history in all media, HIGH-FLYING HERO […]

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Lightning in a Bottle

Time for a change of pace this week, as I take a few moments to expand at length to a question from reader Jeff Flannigain. Jeff, you have the floor: As always, I look forward to your columns every week. Nice to know there are other geeks out there like me despite what my wife […]

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The new, rebooted SPIDER-MAN movie is only a few short weeks away, and with it will come a classic Spidey villain making his silver-screen appearance for the first time: The Lizard. (Although your heart has to go out to actor Dylan Baker, who portrayed the Lizard’s alter ego Dr. Curt Connors in all three of […]

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Getting Oriented

Rumors are flying about the talk that DC will re-introduce one of its “iconic” characters as a gay man, a fact pretty much confirmed by DC higher-ups at a recent convention. Exactly what character has yet to be confirmed, but a certain rumor site is claiming “on good authority” that the newly gay DC super-hero […]

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Here’s a scary statistic for you. This week’s column marks the 400th column to be posted here at Comics 101.com. Four hundred. That’s a lot of columns. I’m hoping to get back to the longer history columns soon, as I’m just now coming out of a very deadline-crazy period, and expect to have a little […]

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Earth’s Mightiest Covers

Had an interesting question at COMICS 101 HQ this week, from our erstwhile rasslin’ columnist, the Germantown Kid Scott Bowden. While talking AVENGERS, both movies and comics, the question was posed, “Hey, have you ever talked about your favorite AVENGERS covers on the site?” No. No, I haven’t. Let’s get right to it, shall we? […]

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Joss Whedon Is My Master Now

So, that happened. Five days and two hundred million dollars later, THE AVENGERS holds the record for the most profitable opening weekend of all time, and director Joss Whedon is unquestionably Hollywood’s newest 800-pound gorilla, the man whose next career move is as close to “anything he wants” as any director has ever had it. […]

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Maybe Next Time

At this writing, I’m still five days away from seeing THE AVENGERS on the big screen (possibly only two if I’m lucky), and even though I’m still trying to stay as blissfully unaware of what’s in store as possible, I do know a fair amount about what we’ll be seeing in the film. And more […]

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WonderCon Goes South

After 25 years as a Northern California fixture, the long-running convention WonderCon made its Southern California debut last weekend in Anaheim, with decidedly mixed results. One thing’s for sure: any of the long-running scuttlebutt about Anaheim being a suitable substitute venue for WonderCon can be easily dismissed at this point. Not only were hotels as […]

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No Helmet Required: Ghost Rider, Part IV

Last time, on COMICS 101: We’ve been discussing Marvel’s flame-headed biker hero Ghost Rider in recent weeks, with the previous installment looking at Johnny Blaze’s brief tenure with the Champions, a short-lived West Coast Marvel super-hero team. But what was the Ghost Rider up to in between Champions missions, you ask? Well, for one thing, […]

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